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Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal, causing big damage, injuries

People wait at a school after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, NepalThe damage includes toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.


Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:33:19 -0400

Obama: ‘We all bleed when we lose an American life’

President Barack Obama holds up a jar full of paper clips while speaking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) 10th anniversary at ODNI headquarters in McLean, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. Obama was making a joke about Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and used the jar to help illustrated the point. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)The president defends U.S. spying operations a day after two al-Qaida hostages were killed by drone strikes.


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:28:41 -0400

Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

Bruce Jenner arrives at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las VegasBy Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of "World's Greatest Athlete." At the outset of the taped interview, Sawyer asked "Are you a woman?" and Jenner responded, "Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman." "People look at me differently," Jenner added.


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:57:57 -0400

Gaps remain in probe of Baltimore man's death in police custody

Workers rally at a union protest Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Carson City, Nev. The workers are opposing Republican-sponsored bills in the Nevada Legislature that would restrict collective bargaining and alter public employee pensions. (AP Photo/Michelle Rindels)By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - An investigation into the death of a black man in Baltimore police custody is still trying to figure out what happened, the police commissioner said on Friday as the city braced for a major protest over the incident. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said police would release surveillance camera photos involving the death of Freddie Gray, 25, who died on Sunday a week after being arrested. More than 1,000 protesters are expected in Baltimore for a march from the site of his arrest to City Hall on Saturday, police said. Batts said Gray was put in a police van for transport to a police station and he was not buckled in at any time, as regulations required.


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:22:52 -0400

Indiana university cleared after report of armed person

(Reuters) - An Indiana university gave the all clear early on Saturday after being locked down for several hours over a reported armed person, possibly with explosives, near the school's administration building, officials said. Manchester University spokeswoman Anne Gregory said in an email that police had swept all the buildings and residence halls on its North Manchester campus and found no credible threats or injuries. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:06:35 -0400

Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Denver over "pressurization": media

(Reuters) - A Southwest Airlines flight en route to Milwaukee from Las Vegas had to divert to Denver on Friday night due to a "pressurization issue," local broadcaster FOX31 reported. The airline said in a statement to FOX31 that the plane, which was carrying 175 passengers and six crew members, landed safely at Denver International Airport around 8:30 p.m. local time. One person was injured after falling during the deplaning process, FOX31 said. The diversion was blamed on a "pressurization issue," though the statement did not elaborate on the problem. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:55:22 -0400

Witnesses: Some buildings collapse in Nepal capital after 7.7 quake

Nepalese devotees climb on the chariot to prepare it on the first day of Rato Machindranath chariot festival in Bungmati, Lalitpur, Nepal, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Members of Nepal’s Newar community believe celebrating this festival brings rain, good crop and prosperity. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)An earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude, and only 2 km deep, struck east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday causing buildings in the capital Kathmandu to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said. At the main hospital in Kathmandu, people with broken limbs and arms were being rushed in for treatment. A girl died after a statue fell on her in a park in Kathmandu, a witness said, while another died in India when her house collapsed. A Reuters reporter in Kathmandu said he had seen some buildings collapse and walls of several houses reduced to rubble.


Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:43:38 -0400

Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor. The bill would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying ...


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:50:01 -0400

Police: Gray should've received medical care before ride

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks in front of local faith leaders at a news conference regarding the death of Freddie Gray, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Freddie Gray should have received medical attention at the spot where he was arrested — before he was put inside a police van, authorities said Friday.


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:49:56 -0400

Why U.S. won't recognize 'forgotten genocide'

Demonstrators hold candles and pictures of Armenian victims during a commemoration for the victims of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, in IstanbulKatie Couric examines the controversy over the massacre of Armenians 100 years ago.


Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:22:27 -0400

GOP presidential hopefuls say no thanks to White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Chris Christie attends 2014 White House Correspondents' DinnerIt's one of the hottest tickets in the political world — unless you’re a Republican hoping to win your party’s nomination.


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:43:28 -0400

After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

FILE - In this April 23, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, where he took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies. The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida has raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans. A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, administration officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the policy is to be completed this spring. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:21:09 -0400

Police respond to suspicious package at Statue of Liberty

Police respond to suspicious package at Statue of LibertyNew York City police say they're responding to a report of a suspicious package at the Statue of Liberty.


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:50:56 -0400

Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack

Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attackMILAN (AP) — An Italian prosecutor says Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out.


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:58:52 -0400

Questions after Indiana school stage collapse injures 16

In this image from video provided by Zach Rader students from Westfield High School are on the stage during the grand finale of the concert dubbed "American Pie" Thursday April 23, 2015 just prior to the stage collapsed. More than a dozen students were injured after the stage filled with students collapsed during the musical performance at the central Indiana high school Thursday night, authorities said. (Zach Rader via AP)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The superintendent of an Indiana school district where a stage collapsed, injuring 16 high school students when they plunged an orchestra pit, said Friday that the section that gave way was only a few years old, but it's unclear whether it was ever subject to inspection.


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:09:08 -0400

Pakistan says botched strike highlights dangers of US drone war

The US drones strikes in Pakistan's tribal region have proved deeply unpopular with many complaining that they violate Islamabad's sovereignty and territorial integrityPakistan said Friday the botched US drone attack that killed two foreign hostages showed the risks of the controversial tactic, as details came to light apparently pinpointing the fatal strike. President Barack Obama admitted on Thursday that one American and one Italian hostage were accidentally killed in a counter-terrorism operation in January targeting a suspected Al-Qaeda hideout. Obama said US consultant Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto were killed along with Ahmed Faruq, an American described as a leader of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:15:56 -0400
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